Walking is therapy, says Jono Lineen, curator, National Museum of Australia, who has solo-trekked 2,700 km across the Himalayas. At the Khushwant Singh LitFest held recently, Lineen said Narayani Ganesh that it was a cathartic experience; it helped him make peace with his kid brother’s tragic death in a boating accident in CanadaEvery day I head out my back gate for a walk in the nature reserve behind our house. I love those strolls, the movement, the thinking, the inspiration of the Australian bush. What has surprised me since the implementation of social isolation policies is how many more people I see out walking the local trails and I hear it’s the same in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth; millions of people choosing to go for a walk. As a researcher into the psychological benefits of walking, this excites me because I know that walking has physically and mentally helped so many people move through this unprecedented crisis.In these awful times of COVID, I think that the simple act of walking can offer everyone a way to help make sense of the strange world we find ourselves in.I spent eight years living in the Indian Himalayas, mainly Ladakh and HP, and the highlight of my time in the mountains was a five-month, 2,700 Km solo trek from Pakistan to Nepal.(To be continued)
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